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CADET MEETING ACTIVITIES
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After the opening ceremony and uniform inspection (Blues), our cadets had their monthly Cadet Training Class followed by Capt. Monda’s Safety Education Briefing/Class. After the break, C/Capt. Dave Fairbairn held the monthly Character Development Class. Monthly awards and promotions took place during the closing ceremony.
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After the opening ceremony and uniform inspection (BDUs), our cadets will have their monthly Physical Training (PT) & Fitness Testing. After the break, Maj. Chuck Ingersoll will hold the monthly Aerospace Education Class. There may be an alternate Drill or Leadership activity planned if adverse weather precludes P.T. Testing.
Members of our squadron enjoy a trip to Dayton and to the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
The Civil Air Patrol, or CAP as it is often called, is the United States Air Force Auxiliary. CAP is tasked with three primary missions: Cadet Programs, Emergency Services, and Aerospace Education. Even though CAP is a military organization and the USAF auxiliary, its members are in no way obligated to join the Armed Forces. The skills, confidence, and leadership developed through membership can be used in all walks of life, not just the military. Rising from its roots in World War II, today CAP is a benevolent, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives, flying counter drug missions, providing disaster relief, advancing young people, and supporting America's educators.
Today CAP has nearly 60,000 volunteer members - approximately 24,000 cadets and 33,000 officers. Cadet membership is open to non-married U.S. citizens between the ages of 12-18 who may remain a Cadet until 21 years old. Officer membership is open to adults age 18 and over, who are US citizens and have no criminal record. Non U.S. citizens may join if they are lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Other non-residents may request a waiver of the citizenship requirement through the wing or region commanders. CAP does not discriminate based on sex, race, religion, or disability.
The Lorain County Composite Squadron consists of cadets and senior members from northern Ohio who perform community services to the local area. We provide support to local officials during emergencies and provide training to our cadets and senior members in the areas of Emergency Services and Aerospace Education. Our program is designed to provide the guidance and direction necessary to develop our cadets into leaders. Our squadron even has an aircraft assigned to it supporting our emergency services teams. Along with training and participation in Emergency Services, our cadets learn leadership, discipline, teamwork, and military customs/courtesies in a highly structured and fun environment!
The training we provide is used on real world applications, and properly trained cadets can even lead adult teams! We provide youth with alternatives to the negative influences of the world, but with the added excitement of flight, the resolve required of first responders, and the resources and backing of the U.S. Air Force.
Enrollment is open to all boys and girls from 12 - 18 years of age. We are always looking for new adult volunteers, called Senior Members. Senior membership is open to adults over 18 years of age who have a strong desire to "give back" to the community. Active, Reserve, or Prior-Service military personnel are welcome, however military service is not required for Senior Membership.
Our regular weekly squadron meetings are every Tuesday starting at 7:00 pm. at the Lorain County Airport. I would invite you to contact me if you have any questions or would like to join us! We look forward to having you join us!
Chip Ingersoll, Lt. Colonel, CAP
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